The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted numerous industries, and the steel market is among those facing reduced forecasts and order volumes. After the 2019 financial year, in which both order intake (EUR 3.15 billion) and sales (EUR 2.94 billion) rose once more, SMS group is lowering its outlook for the coming years. The global market leader in metallurgical plant construction expects this year's order intake to be around one third below the level originally planned, but reaffirms its growth strategy and realignment towards areas of future growth.

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  • Upgraded Level 2 process automation of CCM1 line now offers more flexible quality evaluation and offline simulations of the production process
  • Remote commissioning kept the project on schedule
  • Empirical values gained from commissioning the CCM2 caster speeded up remote commissioning of the CCM1 line
  • TPQC system offers continuous recording of quality data

In June 2020, Primetals Technologies successfully completed the online commissioning of the new software for optimizing the Level 2 process automation for the CCM1 continuous caster at Outokumpu’s plant in Tornio, Finland.

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  • Electrics and automation system replaced with new equipment
  • New remote IO panels added reduce potential of damages in case of any incident in E-rooms
  • RH-plant and ladle furnace back in operation in a very short period of five months

Primetals Technologies has successfully revamped electrics and automation systems at the Presidente Vargas Steelworks of Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN) in Volta Redonda, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil.

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  • Modernization of the basic automation systems for processing line KGL 1 (continuous annealing line)
  • Operational safety, plant availability and personal safety will be increased
  • Follow-up order to the partial modernization implemented by Primetals Technologies in 2018

In September 2020, the Steel Division of voestalpine, an international steel and technology corporation, awarded Primetals Technologies an order to modernize the basic automation systems of the continuous annealing line 1 (KGL1) in the Linz plant in Austria. The replacement of the now obsolete systems will improve the operational safety and availability of the annealing plant as well as increase personal safety.

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